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An ongoing investigation for the stolen vehicles case has allowed the Lucknow Police to recover three BMWs, four Fortuners, a few Hyundai Creta SUVs and a few Honda City sedans. The total number of stolen vehicles seized now totals 80, all recovered over the last two days.
The Police have uncovered a national level racket that involves employees and independent agents that work for private insurance companies. Law enforcement said that the value of the stolen vehicles recovered stand at Rs 30 crore.
Mr Sujeet Pandey, the Police Commissioner at the Lucknow district said that stolen vehicles were traced on information provided by Mohammed Rizwan, the shot caller of the gang that was arrested on Sunday.
The gang leader cracked during sustained interrogation and revealed names of associates who work at private insurance companies. Rizwan has used to buy damaged cars and SUVs via the insurance agents.
Commissioner Pandey continues to monitor the operation that led to the arrest of the gang. Investigation has revealed that employees of private insurance firms were hand-in-glove with used car dealers across the country.
Rizwan has given the Police 11 names so far, and the Lucknow law enforcement has reached out to their colleagues across respective states. They expect to arrest everyone associated with the gang.
The Commissioner shared some insight of how the gang worked. "If a car got damaged in a road accident in Kashmir, his (Rizwan's) men contacted the owner in connivance with insurance company staff and agents. They used to steal registration papers in case the owner died in an accident, or purchased the damaged vehicle by offering a price to the owner," he said.
"Then the gang hunted for a brand new vehicle of the same make in Assam and stole it. The engine and chassis number of the damaged car were put on the stolen one using hi-tech tools. The stolen vehicle was then sold in Jaipur or any city in a third state," the Commissioner said, citing another example.
The Lucknow Police has also traced some cars to Telangana, where they discovered that VIN and Chassis numbers of the cars damaged in road accidents in Himachal Pradesh were used.
Thoughts About The Lucknow Police Recovering An Additional 30 Stolen Cars
Well good job by the Lucknow Police Department, and congratulations for having made excellent headway. We're waiting to see which used car dealers were involved in this pan-India bunch of heists!